You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result,
but think of the writing in terms of discovery.
~ Gertrude Stein
I’m always searching for descriptions of what writing process feels like at its most essential level, and haven’t found any that describe it better than Gertrude Stein does here.
She’s gone straight to the heart of what allows writing process to be a revelatory power, and a bestower, rather than a distraction or plaything. The difference between these is a willing surrender into seeking and unknowing, rather than a presumed knowledge of any kind. The fact that what she observes about the experience of writing also applies to that of living makes her simple truth seem even more sublime.
As she suggests, my experience of writing is of something to be approached on the only terms it truly allows…
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